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December 11, 2020

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Hal

I don’t think that’s real lava.

Cute.

Hal

The thrill of 1970s carpeting.

The daily woman's visit is a sort of rake's progress, . . .

Hal

|| Good deed. || In San Diego schools. || Scenes from Mother Russia. || Vintage Las Vegas. || Today’s word is parenting. || And finally, groovers, it’s time to pump up the jam.

Cute.

Hal

Scenes from Mother Russia.

Un . . . clearly bearable.

Hal

Vintage Las Vegas.

Vintage Las Vegas.

pst314

I don’t think that’s real lava.

Alternate ending: Rover appears.

pst314

The thrill of 1970s carpeting.

Good Lord, that's ugly. And not just the carpeting.

BlokeInAShed

After Pumping Up The Jam I have now disappeared down a Damien Robitaille worm hole.
Similar thing happened when I was introduced to Postmodern Jukebox through these here pages a few years ago.

Darleen

Vintage Vegas

My parents, 1961

Steve E

This is what a Swiss Chalet looks like in Canada:

Rotisserie chicken. Very popular with the blue-rinse set.

Lady Cutekitten

David, is that your hamster?!?!

BlokeInAshed

My parents, 1961

Wow, what a photo
Oozes optimism
I hope one of those cars is theirs

Hal

Florida Man . . . . .

Darleen

I hope one of those cars is theirs

Actually, that little bit of gold/bronze with oval tail-light in the front right of the pic is their car. 1961 Pontiac Ventura. Nine years later I would take my driver's test in that car. Sweet ride.

NTSOG

San Diego - Anti-white 'training': "The training begins with a "land acknowledgement," in which the teachers are asked to accept that they are colonizers living on stolen Native American land."

And we in Australia have to put up with 'Welcome to Country' ceremonies at major events and meetings or Acknowledgements of the previous owners/inhabitants of the Land. The 'traditional' Welcome to Country ceremonies are reported to have been started by an aboriginal actor called Ernie Dingo in 1976. It has become, I am told, a good 'earner' or racket for groups of aboriginals who perhaps are missing out on the millions of dollars of welfare paid to the aboriginal industry each year.

As for teaching students in Californian schools the 3 Rs, well that would not be good as said students might actually learn to think for themselves.

JuliaM

"The thrill of 1970s carpeting."

Was it once owned by Prince?

Joan

Forbidden love

I think I know what the little girl wants for Christmas.

Daniel Ream

the teachers are asked to accept that they are colonizers living on stolen Native American land

The best response to this is to ask the facilitator when they're planning on giving the land back.

it’s time to pump up the jam.

It's time to kick out the JAMS.

John D

The Manual Library, from tractors and firearms to Roland synthesizers.

Serious rabbit hole...

David

Morning, all.

[ Gargles coffee. ]

David

The future of cinema-going may look uncertain, but I see Marvel’s been busy with its TV projects…

David

Oh, Guardian, never change.

David

I have to say, that was louder than expected.

PaulF

I don’t think that’s real lava.

Does my hoping that the hamster ended up back in the cell where it started make me a bad person?

David

Does my hoping that the hamster ended up back in the cell where it started make me a bad person?

I’m not entirely sure the hamster would much care. Ours has never shown any great gift for planning. Of an evening, he follows me into the bathroom, sniffs around a bit, sits on my foot while I brush my teeth, then climbs into my hand to return to his rather palatial accommodation. As long as there’s the promise of treats and a feeling of safety – apparently, my foot counts – he seems quite content.

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

Is he housebroken? And is that him in the fancy obstacle course?

Lancastrian Oik

Try not to wince

asiaseen

Try not to wince

“We also have iron throat, iron head, iron chest, and iron back as well,”

And for the true masters, Iron Shirt.

David

And is that him in the fancy obstacle course?

No, our current specimen is a well-padded Syrian. One of his predecessors did seem to enjoy an obstacle course we made on the sofa. It was less ambitious, but fairly entertaining.

Is he housebroken?

Happily, he confines his toilet activities to his commodious accommodation.

Ray

"Yes, officer, that's my emotional support bear. Is there a problem?"

Felicity

try not to wince

Am I a bad person for laughing at the name Wang, in context of course?

Jonathan

Off to the gym now. Friday is Crotch Training day!

Farnsworth M Muldoon

It's time to kick out the JAMS.

Oh sure, that is just more cultural appropriation.

TDK

Manual Library

Should be Library of Manuals! I was expecting something else entirely

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

I’ll be darned. I didn’t know hamsters could be housebroken. I’ve been told they’re grumpy. Is there a way to keep them from biting? (Question assumes you don’t do stupid things like startling the critter awake or eating strongly scented goodies and then sticking your fingers near his face.)

David

I didn’t know hamsters could be housebroken.

Some are more exacting than others. I don’t think there’s much you can do to influence them, beyond providing amenities. They’ll either oblige or they won’t. There are differences in temperament, but they don’t appear to have enormously complicated interior lives.

I’ve been told they’re grumpy. Is there a way to keep them from biting?

Never had much of an issue with grumpiness or biting. Once they get used to you – largely through smell and feeding – they generally behave. It just takes patience, which small children rarely have. Hence the biting, I assume. After a few weeks, you should achieve the status of Giant Smelly Thing That Brings Treats And Won’t Eat Me.

kfg

Hunt down the Freehamster!

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

I achieved that status with Sonkitten in a couple of hours!

(Yes, babies really do pay attention to the individual smell of each person they know!)

PiperPaul

The Lure of the Hole

Not what I was expecting.

WTP

To contribute a tad...stumbling about based on something I read on that 1970s house link...another 1970s house, England, Man U, and (most importantly for me) Ft. Lauderdale Strikers star and general rapscallion Georgie Best's home...designed by (not that) Frazer Crane...

https://www.houseandgarden.co.uk/gallery/george-best-house

WTP

A bit suspicious of the dryer lint thing. How could that not have stopped the dryer from functioning one way or the other before that.

Governor Squid

I reckon the decreasing efficiency was gradual enough that they didn't think to call in a professional until it was really bad.

Today’s word is parenting.

At the risk of repeating myself: they say 'it takes a village to raise a child,' but they won't ever let villagers like me smack their kid when it's misbehaving.

David

Georgie Best’s home.

Dear Lord, the bathroom…

Governor Squid

Ft. Lauderdale Strikers star and general rapscallion Georgie Best

We have Alan Willey -- that's gotta count for something, right?

WTP

Something, perhaps. But consider GB's in season training regimen...

“First check the wallpaper. If you recognise it you’re at home, if not you’re playing away and the question is where? Next, check the other side of the bed… Next stage of routine. Get rid. If ever he was in trouble I would offer him a bed at my house.”
Also...Bah...Northern Ireland, not England...and I KNEW that...

Captain Nemo

The thrill of 1970s carpeting.

Georgie Best’s home.

Dear Lord, the bathroom…

The 1970s really wasn't one of the more tasteful decades in history, was it?

Captain Nemo

This: https://twitter.com/catshouldnt/status/1335597009021988865

is one of these: https://twitter.com/catshouldnt/

Uma Thurmond's Feet

I don't think that's real lava.

I'm not liking this reboot of "Portal."

Darleen

"Hi, Mom? I just want to let you know that I'm sorry I called you a Nazi at Passover."

Daniel Ream

I didn’t know hamsters could be housebroken.

They can't, but like all burrowing rodents and lagomorphs they'll choose a specific place in their burrow to defecate and only poop elsewhere if they can't reach it. Like, say, if you forget and leave them in the hamster ball for three hours.

David

This just in. Please update your files and lifestyles accordingly.

Steve E

This just in.

Next step, we've got this cool yellow badge for you to wear and a nice unique number to draw on your arm. No really, all the cool kids have them.

ComputerLabRat

This just in.

First pronouns, now race? Really? What if I'm "white" but I identify as Black? Or are we only allowed to identify as a different gender or species - race is sacred and immutable? I can't keep up with the idiocy.

Killer Marmot

I got crabs at Heathrow once.

David

I got crabs at Heathrow once.

[ Rings tiny silver bell. Henchlesbians loom. ]

pst314

[ Rings tiny silver bell. Henchlesbians loom. ]

It's the little things like the tiny silver bell that make David's place so special. Elegant and refined.

David

Elegant and refined.

[ A brief, futile struggle ensues. Sounds of muffled whumping. ]

TimT

“ Hi, Mom? I just want to let you know that I'm sorry I called you a Nazi at Passover."

One of the weird things about the Woke is they’ll see the humour and accuracy in that skit all right - they’re very well connected and media-savvy - but they’ll go on being that way anyway. They know it’s absurd but there’s too much social pressure to conform.

pst314

They know it’s absurd but there’s too much social pressure to conform.

Would you recommend electroshock therapy?

Killer Marmot

God no, not the Henchlesbians! Anything but the Henchlesbians!

What's a Henchlesbian? Am I behind on my pornspeak?

Feliicity

they know it’s absurd but there’s too much social pressure to conform

Meh, you give them too much credit, they are just miserable twats. Evidence: How to have an eco friendly Christmas dinner. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9043881/Eco-friendly-Christmas-Cook-turkey-sous-vide-microwave-veg-forgo-beef-Wellington.html

They can sod off, miserable Scrooge’s. I’m cooking the turkey in Webber, I will also turn oven on for veggies, and 4 burner gas bbq for ham. There will be seconds for all and a long break before several helpings of pudding. They think they are living high on the hog if they get hummus with their veggie sticks.

Hal

The thrill of 1970s carpeting.

Georgie Best’s home.

Dear Lord, the bathroom…

As the article notes right from the beginning, . . . December / January 1971 issue of House & Garden, we featured the modernist home . . .

Not everyone does, oh, Edwardian.

The 1970s really wasn't one of the more tasteful decades in history, was it?

Ah, do remember that the next decade was the Nineteen Empties, the decade that vehemently and utterly rejected all traces of elegance, taste, and style . . . .

Hal

This: https://twitter.com/catshouldnt/status/1335597009021988865

is one of these: https://twitter.com/catshouldnt/

Placement, placement, placement.

Hal

What's a Henchlesbian?

Staff. Or so.

Hal

A new book on Mozart.

Sam Duncan

“Oh, Guardian, never change.”

I like the “This article is more than 1 year old” warnings, as if words have a use-by date.

Mind you, at the Guardian, that might not be so far off the mark. We should run a sweepstake on when its first “strange new respect” article on Trump will run.

“Georgie Best's home”

It looks like the brochure for a Soviet hotel. “Enjoy excellent western-style facilities, such as billiard table, television (8pm-10pm), and unparalleled view of Tractor Factory 'Maxim Gorsky' No. 37”.

“Ah, do remember that the next decade was the Nineteen Empties”

My father recalled the 1930s being called “the decade that taste forgot” in the '40s. Every era gets the treatment at some point.

That said, the '70s actually deserved it.

Sam Duncan

The 10:27 to Mars, stopping at Asteroid Belt East, Phobos, and Deimos, has been cancelled due to reliable nuclear fusion power not existing yet.”

TomJ

England star? George Best? Might I respectfully suggest you don't say that in Belfast...

Nikw211

Not especially devout, but this somehow seems apposite to whatever this is.

WTP

England star? George Best? Might I respectfully suggest you don't say that in Belfast...

Yes. I corrected that. I once even had a very long conversation with a quite Jameson infused Irish gentleman in a pub somewhere in south Ireland regarding GB whom he claimed to have known slightly...or something. I think I keep falling back to thinking he was English because of how he was described amongst us kids back in the 70's. That first/early information is often hard to shake.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

What's a Henchlesbian?

On that topic, a conundrum.

Ellen Page, allegedly an actress, has declared herself a man, so according to this if I find her attractive I am either gay, or not straight.

If a henchlesbian found her attractive, but because she is now a self proclaimed guy, would that make the henchlesbian straight, or just bi ? In either event would she be fired, or have job protection from The International Federation Of Henchpersons, Lackeys, and Varlets ?

David

When you’re filling in an M&S customer satisfaction survey.

pst314

Which gender do you most associate with?"

Did M&S mean "associate with" or "associate with yourself"? Surveys often asked my sex but never the sex of those I most associate with.

David

“UK gardening culture has racism baked into its DNA,” apparently.

We’ve been here before, of course.

pst314

Absolutely U.K. gardening culture has racism baked into its DNA.
It’s so integral that when you point out it’s existence, people assume you are against gardening, not racism.
Epitomised, for example, by the fetishisation (and wild misuse) of words like ‘heritage’ and ‘native’.

So, it was an act of anti-racism whenever Europeans colonized a part of Asia, Africa, or the Americas. Three cheers for Columbus and the East India Company! What?

Steve E

“UK gardening culture has racism baked into its DNA,” apparently.

James Wong has clearly broken with protocol. Asian male is below Black male and therefore cannot call a Black male racist. If a woke-ster like Wong can't keep up this stuff, what are the rest of us supposed to do?

David

If a woke-ster like Wong can’t keep up this stuff, what are the rest of us supposed to do?

Note that Mr Wong uses the same tactic as Dr Pitcher, linked above. When someone publicly notes his pretension, he promptly denounces them as racist, based on… well, nothing whatsoever. Being called a racist, or the threat of being called a racist, is presumably enough to inhibit sanity, and realism, in his circle at least.

Steve E

he promptly denounces them as racist

Then he runs and hides (blocks them). Stunning and brave!

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Silent Monks sing the Hallelujah chorus - Handel, not that Leonard Cohen dog's breakfast. The monks are pretty good, but are a bit flat.

Steve E

The monks are pretty good, but are a bit flat.

I thought I recognized Hal, first monk, back row.

Hal

The monks are pretty good, but are a bit flat.

I thought I recognized Hal, first monk, back row.

Well, yes, I'm male, definitely flat, so with the Scottish DNA, the endowment is lower down . . .

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Meanwhile, time for an art break, this time at the Vatican, as Pope Frank treats us to a Nativity Scene that can inspire "...hope, harmony, and peace...", or failing that, the Ancient Aliens dude.

Hal

Seasons Greetings . . . .

Squires

...inspire "...hope, harmony, and peace..."

I think even Zdzislaw Beksinski came closer to that mark.

https://www.art-maniac.pro/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/bex.jpg

Baceseras

Handel, not that Leonard Cohen dog's breakfast

There's a wisecrack in everything . . .

boo

Say what you will, but I could listen to Kathy Clugston and the female presenters of the Shipping Forecast all day.

They make me feel all "imperial," if you know what I mean.

fnord

Since the Pope no longer seems to be Catholic, or for that matter sane, I'm expecting a sleuth of bears to come by and take a dump on my front lawn.

pst314

I'm expecting a sleuth of bears to come by and take a dump on my front lawn.

I didn't know that a group of bears was a sleuth.

Governor Squid

I've always thought a group of bears was an Anjou.

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